Yasiel Puig is hitting .500 with four homers and a 1.453 OPS through eight career games and Dodgers fans are snatching up everything they can with his name on it.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that “the Dodgers sold more Puig-related merchandise from Thursday to Sunday than they had ever sold of any player over a four-day period.”
According to Hernandez that total includes 2,000 t-shirts at $28 a pop and 600 jerseys, which sell for either $225 or $110. So, doing some rough math, the Dodgers sold about $200,000 worth of Puig stuff in four days.
With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.
Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.
That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.
The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.